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New Tech City

Putting heart and the human experience into tech coverage, WNYC's New Tech City with Manoush Zomorodi investigates what all the data, constant connectivity, and perpetual "upgrades" really mean for daily life. Follow @newtechcity and subscribe to the podcast for stories of discovery on how the digital age is altering our brains, relationships, and values. 

Science Friday

SciFri: James Dyson: ‘Failures Are Interesting’

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Inventor James Dyson built 5,127 prototypes before completing his first bagless vacuum.

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Science Friday

SciFri: A ‘Personal’ Computer Turns 30

Thursday, January 23, 2014

On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh computer to the world.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Star-Crossed Galaxies

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What happens when two spiral galaxies collide?

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Science Friday

SciFri: Sara Paretsky: ‘Critical Mass’

Thursday, January 23, 2014

In Critical Mass, a crime writer draws inspiration from an overlooked physics pioneer.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Is Coding the Language of the Digital Age?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that programming jobs will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020.

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On The Media

Now you can listen to radio stations from all over the world on the internet. But why would you want to?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Will internet users be interested in a service that allows them to do a search 40,000 radio stations throughout the world? One entrepreneur thinks so.

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Weekly Innovation: A Radiation Detector In Your Smartphone

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory created and tested an Android app that could allow your smartphone to detect gamma radiation. They say the technology could be used as radiation detectors by first responders.

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The Takeaway

Solving the Puzzle of China, the Web & Wyoming

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What do half a billion Chinese people, the Internet and Cheyenne, Wyoming have in common? One of the largest Internet failures in history. An Internet outage this week affected nearly every user in China—the country’s web traffic was mistakenly redirected to a company based in the Wyoming building. Jason Q. Ng is the author of "Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China’s Version of Twitter (And Why)." He joins The Takeaway to explain what went wrong.

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DOJ Alleges Fraudulent Security Checks By Firm That Vetted Snowden

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Justice says U.S. Investigations Services, the company that cleared both the NSA leaker and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, expedited hundreds of thousands of cases that weren't properly reviewed.

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Freakonomics Radio

Everybody Gossips (and That’s a Good Thing)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The benefits of rumor-mongering

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Book News: Maker Of 3-D Printed Guns Has A Book Deal

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Also: Mary Miller on writing; Simon & Schuster acquires a book from the man behind the Twitter account @GSElevator; Mallory Ortberg imagines a "Choose Your Own P.G. Wodehouse Adventure."

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On Being

Ursula King, Andrew Revkin, and David Sloan Wilson — Teilhard de Chardin's "Planetary Mind" and Our Spiritual Evolution [remix]

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Andrew Revkin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Ursula King with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] David Sloan Wilson with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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The Takeaway

Childhood Amnesia: Why Do Some Memories Fade? | Dungeons & Dragons Turns 40 | Ending Homelessness by Providing Homes

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Syria's Peace Talks: A Complicated Patchwork | NC Leads the Way in Cutting Aid for the Jobless | Can You Really End Homelessness by Simply Providing Homes? | Solving the Puzzle of China, the Web & Wyoming | An Epic Journey Through Time: Dungeons & Dragons Turns 40 | Childhood Amnesia: ...

Soundcheck

Why Music Fans Should Care About Net Neutrality

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Since the beginning of the internet, there has been a question of who “owns” cyberspace. In the wake of a recent ruling from the US Court of Appeals against the FCC, the question of whether we all have equal access to the internet is again a hot debate. Interim Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition, Casey Rae, joins John Schaefer to talk about the implications of FCC ruling on music makers, music lovers, and the industry.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | January 22, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Also On Today's Show: A look at some of the most intriguing Super or Bowl contest entries and a discussion about the most popular Super Bowl Sunday foods...In yet another clash of cultures between tech giants and the rest of the city, San Francisco is claiming that tech companies like Google are illegally using city bus stops to transport their employees.

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Swordplay Fighter Nidhogg Revives Arcade-Style Competition

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Nidhogg is a frenetic, two-player sword-dueling game that harkens back to the old days of competitive arcade games when players jockeyed for position in both the physical world and a virtual one.

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On The Media

Facebook is still not dying

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Another day, another hysterical report on the demise of Facebook.

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